Plans were unveiled today for a major cycle route linking Swiss Cottage to Canary Wharf and Barking that will include Danish-style segregated lanes in Camden Town.
It copies a design pioneered in Copenhagen, one of the world’s most bike-friendly cities, that builds the cycle lane higher than the road but lower than the pavement to keep cyclists, pedestrians and vehicles separate.
Camden council has proposed the layout for Delancey Street and Pratt Street, currently the “missing link” in the route via Swiss Cottage and Regent’s Park to King’s Cross, where riders will be able to connect to Transport for London’s new north-south King’s Cross to Elephant and Castle cycle superhighway and a number of other protected routes.
Andrew Gilligan, the Mayor of London’s cycling commissioner, said: “This outstanding scheme will break one of north London’s main barriers to cycling.
“Once the links are complete, cyclists will be able to ride from Swiss Cottage and Camden Town to Canary Wharf, Barking or Elephant & Castle entirely on separated cycle tracks or low-traffic streets. It’s testimony to the power of the relationship between TfL and a borough genuinely committed to cycling.”
The route through Delancey Street and Pratt Street will create a contraflow for cyclists on 2m-wide tracks and better crossings for pedestrians. This will link to Camden’s widely-praised cycle lane in Royal College Street, and a new route in Pancras Road. The work is part of the Mayor’s central London cycling grid.
Phil Jones, Camden’s cabinet member for transport, said: “These new plans are for some of best cycling facilities that London has seen and will open up a network of safe and attractive routes for the growing number of cyclists who want to cycle through Camden.
“Camden already has some safe and attractive cycle routes and by the end of 2015, we are on track to have doubled the amount of segregated cycle lanes in the past two years.
“By the end of 2016 we plan to have over 10km of new and improved segregated cycle lanes in the borough linking many of our town centres to each other and to the West End and City.”
Full details of the consultation: https://consultations.wearecamden.org/culture-environment/walking-and-cycling-pratt-st-delancey-st